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John Belanger, Adam Geleta win first Sectional titles

"I've been working on my strength a lot this year, and it's always good to be stronger than your opponent," said Meys.

Luke Popolizio and Lee Smith also won their weight classes for Shen. Popolizio scored a second-period technical fall against Guilderland's Kevin Bates for the 112-pound title, while Smith pinned Albany's Peyton Plaise in 1:29 to claim the 145-pound championship.

The five individual titles put an exclamation point on Shen's day at the Class A tournament. The Plainsmen finished with 268 points to win their fourth straight Sectional team title, more than 80 points ahead of runner-up Guilderland. Ballston Spa placed fourth with 152.5 points, and Saratoga Springs finished seventh with 75.5 points.

"We've got some young kids who are scoring points, so that helps," said Weeks.

Kyle Warmt gave Ballston Spa fans something to cheer about in the 140-pound finals. The sophomore pinned Guilderland's Greg Reinhart midway through the second period to claim the Scotties' lone individual title.

In Class B, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake was in position to claim the team title, but Amsterdam wrestlers won all five of their championship bouts to lead the Rugged Rams past the Spartans 218-206.

BH-BL had eight wrestlers in the finals, but only heavyweight Zeal McGrew won a title. McGrew defeated LaSalle's Joe Retos 14-4 for the 215-pound championship.""

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